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Graduate Certificate of Safe Communities (Child Protection)

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Key details

Duration

Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
Important Dates

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

40

Course code

USCCP1
SATAC codes

Overview

If you're experienced in working with people and communities, the Graduate Certificate of Safe Communities (Child Protection) can give you an entry point to specialist postgraduate qualifications.

Gain specialist knowledge and skills to assess, manage, respond to, and support the reduction of child abuse. The course is designed for people who are working, or seeking to work, in statutory child protection, including social workers, psychologists, police, teachers, youth workers, allied health workers and community workers.

The course aims to enhance your capacity if you're responsible for supporting vulnerable children and families within their communities. With an emphasis on prevention, innovation and collaboration you will be part of a learning community, drawing from research, knowledge and the expertise within community-led approaches to keeping children culturally, psychologically and physically safe.



Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Both Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and fee paying places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CSP use the SATAC code 1GC044. If you would like to apply for a fee paying place you will need to use the SATAC code 1GC544.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.

Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
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Why study social work at CDU?

Study social work with us and make a real difference to local communities, families and individuals, or in the humanitarian aid industry abroad. You'll gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills through placements and intensive units, and graduate as a culturally competent specialist ready to create change.

  • #1 Australian university for postgraduate social work employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • #3 in Australia for social work starting salaries (GUG 2024)
CDU College of Health & Human Sciences student

Why study social work at CDU?

Study social work with us and make a real difference to local communities, families and individuals, or in the humanitarian aid industry abroad. You'll gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills through placements and intensive units, and graduate as a culturally competent specialist ready to create change.

  • #1 Australian university for postgraduate social work employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • #3 in Australia for social work starting salaries (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
Social Work CDU Event

Why study social work at CDU?

Study social work with us and make a real difference to local communities, families and individuals, or in the humanitarian aid industry abroad. You'll gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills through placements and intensive units, and graduate as a culturally competent specialist ready to create change.

  • #1 Australian university for postgraduate social work employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • #3 in Australia for social work starting salaries (GUG 2024)

What will I study?

This course consists of four units (one core, three specialist elective) aiming to advance the knowledge and skills of people working in the area of child protection.

Course structure


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units

(1 units)
10cpCompulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable Families

 
Specialist Electives

(3 units)
30cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 30 credit points selected from the list of available  units detailed below:

SWK552 Investigative Interviewing

SWK553 Collaborative Child Protection Practice (no longer offered)

SWK554 Child Safe Community Project (no longer offered)

SWK555 Responding to Child Sexual Abuse (no longer offered)

SWK556 Trauma Informed Practice

SWK557 Complex Case Management (no longer offered)

SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice

 
 40cpTotal Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure)

 

Study plan


Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

 

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE= Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable FamiliesCOSpecialist Elective 2SE
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 3SE





Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.



Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE= Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE
Calendar Year 2
SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable FamiliesCO  
Specialist Elective 3SE  

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of a bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master's degree or equivalent international qualification in a relevant field such as social work, human welfare studies and services, or psychology; or
  • Successful completion of a diploma level qualification and two years of experience working in the fields of community work, child protection or family violence; or
  • Consideration will also be given to you if you have at least five years of appropriate experience working with children, families and communities. To apply under this admission criteria, you must provide a curriculum vitae and two written referee reports in your application.

Essential requirements

You must clear a National Police Check and/or a working with children clearance.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education from an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

CDU English for Academic Purposes 4 (ZEAP40)Successful completion of EAP004 English for Academic Purposes 4
IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.
 

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CDU brings social work to life. The lecturers are experts from various sectors of social work practice.

Chigozie

CDU student

Chigozie on campus

CDU brings social work to life. The lecturers are experts from various sectors of social work practice.

Chigozie

CDU Student

Chigozie on campus

CDU brings social work to life. The lecturers are experts from various sectors of social work practice.

Chigozie

CDU student

Chigozie on campus

Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Certificate of Safe Communities (Child Protection)
Faculty/College
Faculty of Health
Sector
HE
Area of study
Community Services and Social Work, Health, Psychology

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

SATAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1GC044
Casuarina campus (FF)
1GC544
Online (CSP)
1GC044
Online (FF)
1GC544
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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